Monday - July 31, 2017
Issue # 273

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com

The San Diego Connection

Cool ocean breazes and lots of storytelling await you in August in San Diego!


 "There is Always Hope!" with Aunt Li-Anne, Marilyn McPhie, and Guests at Rebecca's, August 2nd, 7:00pm in South Park

Storytellers of San Diego's "First Wednesday,"  at Rebecca's Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St. in South Park, telling traditional folktales, literary works and original stories. 7:00 - 8:45, Suggested donation $5     
event poster link                            
           Rebecca's website  phone(619)284-366


Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, August 19th, 10:30am, "Preschool Stories and a Craft," University Community Library

Every 3rd Wedneday, 4155 Governor Dr., San Diego, (858) 552-1655, FREE
Harlynne's website

Open Mic Storytelling


"The Narrators" at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, North Park, August 8th, 8:00pm

Topic: "Crossing Over"  at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, 3025 El Cajon Blvd, North Park, tavern website
FREE for participants and listeners, to share a true personal story.  Signup online at:  
"The Narrators" website
More information contact Robert email

Storytellers of San Diego

"4th Wednesday Open Mic"
August 23rd, 7:00pm

All tellers and listeners are welcome to attend at the Barnes and Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego 92129.
Contact Marilyn McPhie for more information call (858) 484-1325 or email mmcphie@gmail.com

 Long Story Short

"Long Story Short", Saturday, August 19th, at The Ink Spot, Liberty Station

Topic: "Habitat" 7:00-9:00pm, Open to one and all to tell a five minute story without notes on the theme: Suggested donation $5

The Ink Spot
San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202
Long Story Short website

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, August 3rd - 7:00 pm
The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street, Tucson

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Pot Luck
Curated by Jess Kapp
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Doors at 6:30, show at 7

The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St

$8 Adults, $6 Students

You are invited to an Odyssey Storytelling “Potluck” on August 3, where we will gather and listen to six people bring their tantalizing tales to the table. They might be about food shared with friends, or even strangers. They might be about life lessons picked up via exotic travel locations. They might be about multi-cultural traditions built over years of family gatherings. They might be about cooking, or eating, or feeding the hungry. They might even be about pot. Or luck! Whatever the stories, they are sure to be diverse, delicious, and totally satisfying. Come hungry!

Leigh D.C. Spencer 
Paul Lee
Veneranda (Vene) Aguirre .
Barbara Eiswerth 

Doors at 6:30, show at 7

The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St

$8 Adults, $6 Students

If you have a story to tell, contact Stories@Odysseystorytelling.com

Click here for details & info

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Coming Up


AZ Live Storytelling
Life and Death
Thursday - August 22nd - Crescent Ballroom

Every breath is a gift. What about when that breath ceases? In what ways is that, too, a gift? Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of stories about stops and starts, about beginnings and endings.

Emcee: Megan Finnerty
Featured Storytellers:

Doors open at 6:30 PM - stories start at 7:00 PM

General Admission: $10 - Students $5

Accessibility Note: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, just contact Megan Finnerty:
Click here for tickets

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Back to basics - How to Tell A Story

Simple, sage advice from Storyteller and colleague, Sean Buvala.

One of the most searched-for communication skills on the Internet is “how to tell a story.” I would like to give you a quick step-by-step guide to this process of story telling, drawn from my 30+ years of being a professional storyteller. This is the fast and quick method to learn a new story.

1. Decide on a story. Sounds elementary, but at some point, you need to find a story that you love. If you are having problems, search the Internet for some simple Aesop fables or find some good stories at a site like Storyteller.net .
2. Break the story down into an outline of events so that you can remember the episodes of each story.
You have two choices for step three. Do one or both if you would like...

Read the entire article here.
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Working for Nothing - For a Reason
Back in 2012 I wrote a blog post about "Always Serve the Story

I spoke about the famous producer, Harold (Hal) Prince and an encounter I had with him many years before. Over his 50 years of producing and directing, he has won more Tony awards than any other person. I was looking at some interviews and articles about him recently, and came across something he said about when he started out in theatre.

He wanted to work for George Abbott, a successful director/producer at the time. He wrote Abbott a letter and said, "I would like to work for you for nothing, and if you can ever tell, by the nature of what I do, that I am working for nothing, then fire me." 

Now, that takes chutzpah (look it up), and dedication to your craft!

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Pink Slip Open Mic
Every Monday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Usually sometime during the first week of the month - but check their website) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

West Side Story Tellers - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE - *NO meetings in July & August

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - *NO meetings in June & July
SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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